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CSPAN
Nov 16, 2012 7:00pm EST
obama administration and i think you're right that people in washington look at yemen and cms and yemen house for a number officials become too hard to do. easiest thing is drones are perfect, so let's do that. i think a very real but unspoken assumption underlying all of this was really brought out over the past month as they went to yemen and back to the united states is that the u.s. seems to believe that this is a war the u.s. can win on its own and i think that's wrong and i think that's a mistake. if this is the u.s. against al qaeda and yemen, if it's framed that way come to seem that way, that's where the u.s. can never win. the only people who ever defeat al qaeda are the yemeni shiites coming in the clerics and so forth. the u.s. can do a lot to help them. unfortunately see right now is the u.s. that is so heavy handedly encouraging that so many strikes and killing so many individuals and yemen, the u.s. is essentially shrinking the space in which individuals can stand up against al qaeda. let me end with one and it goes. there is an anti-al qaeda cleric who railed again
CSPAN
Nov 13, 2012 8:00pm EST
as president obama said right in the beginning from the inaugural speech that we need to focus on mutual interest and mutual respect, and there are many things that we can get done in that fashion. i think that discretionary -- diplomacy 230e cueses on specific, strategic goals, and if it failed in any way in the last several decades, it's been that it's not focused on those goals. >> i'm in agreement with jim on this issue. it's note a population contest, but it's absolutely the wrong -- the results are not great results if that's the measurement. one of the things that we tried to do, again, building on the base that jim and his team put in place was to be sure that everything we were doing in public diplomacy actually was designed to support the achievement of the goals, objecteddives, and be clear and precise in doing that. there are many areas where we do -- have not just given up the ship sort to speak, and there's areas of common interest, science, technology, education, all of those areas, even in countries where we have a very, very difficult and challenging time. i found
CSPAN
Nov 11, 2012 11:00pm EST
when people have multiple oppressions, it's asking a lot of them to take them all on at once, right? racism is still alive and well. and honestly, don't you think some of the scurries about barack obama is just a scratch away from racism? i mean, people are smart enough to know how not to sound racist. so i think that's part of it. you know, let's remember that gay weightman outwait and we have benefited from that privilege forever and there is a lot of racism were to be done within the gay community. another observation that i would make. it's just a guess. but the president came out -- quickly finish that sentence. but if that makes the headlines tomorrow, i'm going to find out who did it. when a president came out for marriage equality, never paused there. when he came up for marriage equality, at least the polls showed that within the african-american community jumped from like 37% to 54% or something. it was a sizable leap. what i think that answers african-americans have been doing their work on this issue and the president's announcement i think gave them cover, you know, sor
CSPAN
Nov 13, 2012 11:00pm EST
president obama to convene the right people together and set the agenda, which includes when the agenda is done. so the andrews air force base example. you don't amount to-month-olds finished. can we get that done? quite frankly, what american businesses are doing, they are planning a contingency to hold capital expenditures and lay people off in the potential that we will have a recession. in the bubble in washington, we determined how to keep our friends on the right or left by how we behave, the american people are the ones who suffer because we are the ones who laid them off. because we know how to respond to this situation. >> the president has to do that. the president has to meet with the leaders of the congress, collectively and individually. without the press necessarily being in the room. he heads to set the agenda. he needs to, you know, talk about what needs to be done. next year is going to be a window of opportunity which we won't have for three years after that. we could have tax reform and we could have energy legislation. but we haven't even had a defense bill or cybersecu
CSPAN
Nov 12, 2012 11:00pm EST
also barred the american energy integration absent from the obama campaign. but michael is right to, there does not seem to be much eagerness with economic relations except mexico or canada. i recall the first choice for obama's trade representative and 2009 decided not to take the job because he did not think anything would happen on trade. now we see the ratification of the panama agreements but their real little. we have the trans-pacific partnership but it is no great eagerness for trade agreements. one does not say brazil or argentina knocking hard at the u.s. storer to deepen the trade relation. that depends on end integration and things look too good frankly. i thought part of your question was whether had the migration from central america, mexico would shape the way we think about but to america in the sense those areas get to a lot of attention moving further away to become even more distant. and the migration patterns follow remit dense patterns and other patterns and geography plays a role in these issues. not surprisingly u.s. chess trade agreements with latin american
CSPAN
Nov 13, 2012 9:00am EST
which is another way of saying austerity. president obama got it right when he said this: companies are awash with cash, and what they've been missing are enough customers out there to prompt demand and justify them spending more on plant and equipment. businesses need customers. sales create jobs. austerity is the opposite of income creating sales. it reduces income. tax increases reduce income. spending cuts reduce income. both, i would argue, are the wrong medicine for the economy today. we've seen the effects of austerity. we don't want to follow these countries over the cliff gratuitously. thank you. [applause] >> i'm going to ask chad since you're cbpp was mentioned, do you want to respond to, you know, take the next -- >> yeah. i just have a couple things to say. our $2 trillion figure is not a recommendation, it's actually a response to the fact that everyone thinks that $4 trillion is what's needed to achieve -- a debt stabilization goal of stabilizing debt to gdp, to keep it rising, to keep debt from rising faster than the economy which, ultimately, is unsustainable -- how
CSPAN
Nov 19, 2012 8:30am EST
, right? you see obama facing that now with, you know, climate change, a fiscal deal, immigration, etc., etc., etc., right? the issue isn't whether he supports all of those, it's what is he really willing to go to the mat for, right? and i think what we face on the politburo standing committee may be a lot of people in favor of reform, but we don't have a clue as to whether they're prepared to go to the mat for the same reforms, right? and, therefore, whether they can reach agreement on tough decisions where they, with an agreed-upon priority for those decisions. the candidates who did tip their hands as to what changes they would like to see did not make it onto the standing committee. li, early on, yong and -- [inaudible] sixth, factional ties. ing cheng gave us information on them. i think they do not get you very far in anticipating substantive positions and priorities. that's a level of detail that broad background relationships and associations with various top people over a period of years doesn't necessarily get you to. but substantive positions and priorities are very importan
CSPAN
Nov 20, 2012 6:00am EST
required. so what is he and what is the prime minister doing to persuade barack obama he needs to make such an effort? >> we -- the honorable gentleman is broadly right, and we've already had that discussion with president obama earlier in the year and many times, i've discussed this many times with secretary clinton and just a few days ago with senator kerry, the chairman of the senate foreign relations committee. the united states must now make its decision as the new, the reelected administration but with many new personnel, as the fabric it must now take its decisions. and throughout that they will be hearing very clearly from us at every level that this is the opportunity, perhaps the last opportunity, to really push this forward and that if that doesn't happen in a year from now, well, then they would find probably the votes of many european nations being very different, the process being very different and american leadership of that process in considerable doubt. >> mr. mark pritchard. >> my right honorable friend in his statement said the security of israel and the securi
CSPAN
Nov 18, 2012 12:00pm EST
dreams. to the feverish right, it revealed obama as a eurosocialist radical, and republicans never explained how the 715 million tax cut in spending stimulus that even paul ryan supported was good public policy while obama's $787 billion tax and spending stimulus was freedom crushing statism and death of the american free enterprise, but, you know, that's the beauty of being in the minority. in reality, the stimulus was really early evidence thatc'Ñ oa was pretty much what he said he was, a data oriented left the center technicrat, a change the system outsider, govern to work the system insider. the first evidence that despite the flowery talk, he understood that bills that don't pass congress don't produce change. the stimulus is producing change. the wrap on obama was that he was a words guy, but he's more of a deeds guy. you know, it's not producing perfection, but making things better and better is better than worse. before the stimulus, 20% of the doctors used the lek tropical records. it'll reduce cost, improving care. it directed 7 million americans out of poverty reducing
CSPAN
Nov 17, 2012 9:15am EST
silver to draft a review e-mail that john brightman, chairman of the board of rights force energy was planning to send to william daley who was then chief of staff to president obama at the white house, quote, and this is from the e-mail, e-mail or call when you can with suggestions. the e-mail stated, quote, the white house needs to focus on finalizing the loan guarantee for what would be the largest solar thermal project in the world. bright source energy's project was conditionally approved more than a year ago and is in the final stages of being completed. we need a commitment from the white house for loan closure by march 18th. at house energy and commerce subcommittee meeting last may, chairman jim jordan said to woolard, quote, you are asking the guy who is a judge of making the final decision to proofread and e-mail your chairman was going to send to the white house chief of staff and you say there is no political involvement? in another coincidence or not, the loan received final approval in may of 2011 a month after they reviewed the proofreading request which he reviewe
CSPAN
Nov 20, 2012 9:00am EST
for an event from the washington ideas for. it likely roundtable discussion with president obama, look at america's strategic competitiveness and a speech about drones warfare. again that starts at 8 p.m. eastern right here on c-span2. >> there are many people who might even take issue with grant saving the union during the civil war, didn't lincoln do that? well, yeah, he did and i'm not going to say grant was the only person who saved the union. but he was the commanding general of the army that put blankets policies into effect. and he was the general who accepted the surrender of the army of northern virginia. under robert e. lee the end of the war. so if anybody won the war on the battlefield, if you could say that any one person did, and, of course, you can't, but one of the people we'd dashed things we did in history as we generalize because history reality is simply too complicated to get our heads around if we do with it in its full complexity. so grant saved the union during the civil war, and i do contend that grant saved the union during reconstruction as well. >> fro
CSPAN
Nov 16, 2012 9:00am EST
grand bargain that president obama and speaker boehner were talking about two years ago, were put back on the table right now, with the house up in conference at speaker boehner allowing him to sign the deal? >> so in other words, 800 billion, revenue increases through growth and through deductions and so forth, i need to loopholes and so forth, i'm not with this vote on his face because you might have to spend tell me about that, brother. i got that figured out. i think house republicans are poised to clean up in that direction. so in other words, are you asking me, is the speaker had out ahead of the pack? i don't think so. i think he's leading the house anyway, and i think he's reflecting where majority of house republicans are? >> for anyone who's just speaker boehner goes into those talks with out full throated support of house republicans conference, that would be wrung? >> that would be wrong. .. the agenda that dave as the committee has laid out over the past two years and let's focus on making the u.s. tax code the most competitive tax jurisdiction of the world. >> let me
CSPAN
Nov 18, 2012 10:15am EST
. unfortunately, there are a lot of people in australia, right around the world that considered a resident barack obama to be a good president. considering him to be healthy for the state of the american nation. i profoundly disagree. i believe that america is an exceptional nation and deserves an exceptional president. and my greatest issue with president obama was his interview with a reporter what he was directly asked whether or not he believed in american exceptionalism. and his response was rather telling. he said yes, i believe in american exceptionalism, much like i believe in british and a greek might believe in greek exceptionalism. wellies and gentlemen that can only be one exceptional. and it would appear with that statement and with his actions and actions of the administration they have only subscribe to the doctrine of the relativism, that there is no one thing superior to any other. that we shouldn't call or consider one way better than another. not only do i think that is week, i think that is wrong and i think that is not the sign of a nation that has done so much for the
CSPAN
Nov 11, 2012 7:00pm EST
of people did that. >> i think that is right too. i wonder, i am curious, how did first lady michelle ng obama respond to the news when you talk to her or this was brought to her? >> one of the challenges for those of us writing about the first lady is she is not doing any book interviews at all. i didn't get to talk to her about this but when the article came out, her husband's press secretary was asked about it and said she sounded fascinating. i know her family finds it fascinating and i think it was something they simply -- simply didn't know about. i briefed her staff along the way as i was doing my research and gave her and members of the family, i hope she find it fascinating. >> one thing i did read in the new york times when your article was published, she did have a positive reaction to if, and at some point she even traveled to africa with the children to see the places where the slaves were housed or africans when they were imprisoned warehouse before they were taken in the middle passage and across the sea to the americas. it was very interesting that she was cur
CSPAN
Nov 18, 2012 9:00pm EST
. some people later on like and what obama did in 2008, but obama's mandate was i no means clear as the johnson's was and he had a whole year plus 13 or 14 months to be thinking about what he would do in his own right after that election of 64 when he is inaugurated in 1965, and he jumped right in with his great society program and he had a whole series of special committees and so forth had been studying issues, education, poverty, welfare, urban problems and so forth of task forces and had all these reports ahead of him in the congress of 65 started and he staged the hugest inaugurations ever. the only thing was obama in 2009 and he hits the ground running in a big way with a series of speeches and proposals and messages to congress for medicare, medicaid, elementary and secondary education as it became called, title i education , the creation of the housing and urban development cabinet and ended up supporting the first in 1966. so, yes, the great society and the passage of that i don't know how johnson does it is front and center particularly early in the book and then a lot of
CSPAN
Nov 15, 2012 5:00pm EST
obama administration's response that has not been adequate enough? >> will come you hear different democrat and from republicans. republicans are particularly critical. they believe the obama administration should have known right away. this is not a spontaneous attack, not part of the protest, for example. they want to understand who knew what when. what does the president know about the attack? what is his national security team now? now they want to know who knew about the securities and the lead up to the attack because there were people in tripoli and libya saying that there wasn't enough security concerns because of the things going on in libya. >> mccain, graham and india yesterday made remarks about u.n. ambassador susan rice. what did they say in what is it mean in context context of the benghazi attacks? >> well, basically what they said is they don't trust her. they said she should have known better that you say five days after the attack but it looks to be a spontaneous response to anti-muslim video. they said she should have known that it is clear, that there is organi
CSPAN
Nov 12, 2012 8:30pm EST
energy integration, which was absent from the obama campaign. but on the whole, i think that michael is right in the sense that doesn't seem to be much eagerness here for any kind of new economic relationing, except perhaps with mexico mexican d.a., i recall -- canada the first choice for trade representative back in 2009, when he was first elected, decided not to take the job because he didn't thig would happen on trade. and we saw the ratification of colombia agreement and beyond that very little. we have negotiations on the transpacific partnership and but what michael was right on, there doesn't seem to be any great eagerness in lotted latin america for new trade agreement. wasn't doesn't seen brazil or argentina knocking at the u.s. door to somehow deepen their trade relations. so i think that if the americas depends on economic integration, allen, things don't look too good frankly. regarding the i thought part of your question was whether in fact the heavy migration from central america, mexico would shape the way we think about latin america in the sense that those areas would g
CSPAN
Nov 18, 2012 6:00am EST
is probably one of the most unique developments in modern war and kind of defines right at the nature of this war that we're fighting. obama, when he said that he was willing to personally take up arms against al qaeda is now quite literally to mean not. and since he has his finger on the trigger and has to make a decision every day almost whether to pull the trigger or not. one of the things that try to do in the book is show the evolution of his thinking because he's the guy making the call. now if you go back to 9/11 essay to put this book, obama was interviewed about his reaction to 9/11 shortly after it happened and his reaction was more like calling for a global welfare campaign. it's he said he felt the united states should be spending more money to change the hearts and minds of people throughout the middle east to address the underlying roots of islamist extremism and that he did mention that he thought it would be worthwhile to dismantle the terrorist organization. this is at the same time president bush sadie wants bin laden dead or alive. the majority of the america
CSPAN
Nov 15, 2012 8:00pm EST
need right now is continuation of stimulus. that's what he said when he was standing by obama's side when they extended the bush tax cut. do you agree in the conversation you're having we need to have a grand bargain and need do go in to effect right away. do you agree with in get the grand bargain but delay if for a year or two as some people even in the democratic side of the debate have argued? >> my job is economic policy adviser. i really -- best believing the politic role to someone else. i can tell you as a economist, the right strategy is to get our fiscal house in order. make lasting commitment to show we can do it and do do that. that require additional revenue as well as spending cut and we want to help the economy in the short run. the president proposed fax cuts that would help the economy. the worst kind of stimulus is tax cut for the wealthy. the group that has for the lowest marginal propensity to consume are the wealthy. the congressional budget office last week released a report which concluded that extending the middle class tax cut would create 1.6 million those a
CSPAN
Nov 13, 2012 12:00pm EST
eastern right after the house gavels out. >> c-span invites middle and high school students to send a message to the president through a short video. let president obama know what's the most important issue he should consider in 2013 for a chance to win the grand prize of $5,000. c-span's student cam video competition is open to students grades 6-12, and the deadline is january 18, 2013. go online to studentcam.org. >> what i like about c pan's coverage is -- c-span's coverage is it's in depth. often times you'll cover an event from start to finish, and i can get the information that i need. i like to watch "the communicators," i like to watch congressional hearings. the events that you do at the national press club where there are policy leaders speaking, i find those useful. >> howard woolley watches c-span on verizon. c-span, created by america's cable companies in 1979, brought to you as a public service by your television provider. [inaudible conversations] >> new york senator chuck schumer spoke last week about what's called the fiscal cliff and other issues facing congress. thi
CSPAN
Nov 20, 2012 5:00pm EST
the right way to think about the u.s.-china relationship in the world. one of the chief characteristics of the moment when president obama and secretary she will be doing within the month and years to come. first secretary clinton said in her speech at the u.s. institute of peace a few months ago, we are interdependent. that's the word she used. our economies are interdependent. china holds $1.3 trillion. u.s. companies have invested in china. two-way trade is well over $500 billion. this is a relationship -- larry summers put it very well. larry who was mentioned earlier today. i've heard him say he could picture a 21st century in which the united states and china prospered for a 21st century which the united states and china did not prosper. but he could not picture a 21st century in which one prospered in the other did not. so i can't we have a fair degree of cooperation and the principal nuclear weapons mainly the iranian and north korean programs. though we do not agree on the proper mix of pressure and inducements. third, we are both watching the arab spring, if th
CSPAN
Nov 14, 2012 9:00am EST
right now. republicans took that same money and gave tax cuts to the rich, and that was the message that outside money spent a fortune to misrepresent. and that is why the election of barack obama was so very, very important to protect medicare, even the we could not get the majority. we knew what he wants, that many of the issues, affordable care, medicare, et cetera were protected. so we have a different view of what happened that day. you saw some of the members that we elected, the intellect that we brought in here. so it's not about quantity so much for us as the quality of leadership, the quality of our members, the ideas that they have, the talent they bring, that commitment and dedication to a better future. we are a solidly -- we may not have the majority and we may not have the gavel, but we have the unity, and we have unity to go forward to create jobs, to build our economy, simple as abc. american-made, make it in america. b., build the infrastructure of america. right? and c, tax cuts for the middle class. tax cuts for the middle class. we can do that, prevent us from g
CSPAN
Nov 17, 2012 10:00am EST
. just a little schedule not. let's bring her out right now. first things first. i don't know if you heard. they finished counting the votes. and according to the official final florida total, barack obama did when the state of florida barely edging out al gore. another problem for our state. florida, you can spell it without the. and honestly, if you go to that date county election bureau official website it says election ready. it does. almost impossible this could happen. twelve years ago. everyone remembers 2000. they could not figure out which will. people of florida, if you are behind -- year in a left turn lane with and marijuana pointing left and behind a car, usually is to people in the 1998 buick. a light changes, there's a green arrow pointing left. with the flock. usually have to wait a couple of cycles. what i want to do is to make it more friendly for florida voters. instead of using words, pictures. you would go by poking under candid it's eyeballs. follow what happened, the poke up their own eyeballs. the ballot was really, really long. long questions are written by l
CSPAN
Nov 13, 2012 5:00pm EST
right now, you were in president obama's situation, what would you do to try and re-create that kind of situation? >> i would try to channel president obama, he has been reelected and he has this mandate. there were a lot of issues that were not very clear. but the one about raising revenue was clear. she thought it was a bipartisan long-term debt reduction for america. so leaving little room, when the president said on a marker, which he did -- now i can go to work in a very personal way. and i will tell you respectfully -- i understand why, but i think he stopped trying to sue them. i think this time, with this mandate, he has to channel lyndon johnson. i mean, he can't give up. the solution to this is leadership and political backbone. a willingness to take on the interest groups and the margins are both parties which drive the debate. he desperately wants to solve the problem. i think the president has to engage totally. i don't think there should be a political go out to the public type of thing. >> but sir, if you believe what was in the papers this morning, that is what h
CSPAN
Nov 20, 2012 12:00pm EST
shrinking pie so i think growth is the only way to get out. 4% instead of obama for a decade in the right that he's a run-up in debt. i think there's important focuses on growth. when we see something in writing -- i'm not going to get involved in hypothetical sort, then it gets turned into more than i perhaps said or intended to say. when something is written down and the good news is you have it written down and put it online for seven days and the press and the american people look at. let's take a look at that. it's going to be either a clear tax increase or not. in 2010 the budget deal another tax increase so lots of deals nobody calls me on the fun wondering whether it's a tax increase or not. usually people asked when they have a new theory about how to raise taxes and they think if they move fast enough in front of me the would be okay, wasn't it? platts said it down and look at it. >> [inaudible] a net tax increase. >> obama wants higher marginal tax rates to punish people who work on saturday but i don't think he's going to get that. getting more revenue from growth so it
CSPAN
Nov 17, 2012 10:00pm EST
world in which eventually women will have more rights. yes, indeed, there's a rights revolution, blacks and women get more rights and finally we get rid of the race-based immigration laws that's going to really transform america, puts together the obama coalition that we now know that includes in effect multicultural politics. so this is the eve of creation, and all we have to do is have a vietnam war to make it all work. what do you say to that? >> guest: i start the book off by giving some quotations from people like newt gingrich and george will. gingrich, conservative. and will, most people thing of as conservative. and they actually picked this year out and called it the hinge of the 20th century and that's a title of one of my chapters, and, yes, this is looked back upon as it was at the time, by consecutive conservatives, the end of the world. >> host: cannot understand the revolution without 1965. their revolution was about undoing the great society, and it's the success, the relative success they've have had at that lead people to want to go back further to undo other l
CSPAN
Nov 12, 2012 8:30am EST
candidate, governor romney over president obama. what do you think? what is the right way forward in our relations with china at this time? what's the right thing to do? >> one, i think you have, and you all know this, you know. what you hear from barack obama or mitt romney, the candidate, is going to be different than what you're going to hear from barack obama for president, i would have heard with romney for president. that's just the way of campaigns, and you all know that. i think you have to think of china in two ways. and one was come it is sort of summed up. i had a meeting in beijing a couple weeks ago and i met with a man named john who will be the premier of china. so he's talking in chinese, very interesting man. and he says something in chinese and the translator translated, america and china are not rivals. i thought well, that's interesting. and he stopped the translator and said no know. i didn't say we were not rivals. we are rivals. but i said we're not necessarily on the opposite side of the table. and i think he captured something very important there. i think the wa
CSPAN
Nov 16, 2012 12:00pm EST
they knew and they could trust that had the right priorities from president obama to our historic numbers of democratic women. and out of the problems we test and we asked them about everything because you know how this polling goes. i'm thrilled they were thrilled to do one more poll after the election, the candidates they voted against they were really concerned those candidates were going to take us back to the failed policies of the past. they got it. they don't want to roll the clocks back. they want to move forward. and more than being wrong on any issue of debt or health care or taxes, women recognized the total "mad men" gop agenda is what they did not want and they reacted that way. i say the growth will be sustainable in years to come. we have the right agenda and we just need to keep building and talking to our women, our fellow sisters across the country and the men who stand with us because they know that together we can make a great, great difference. and with that, i think about just some of the incredible women who have done so much and we do have a couple of speci
CSPAN
Nov 16, 2012 6:00am EST
obama administration, and republicans have been picking on obama for four years. and usually their mantra goes jobs, destroying regulation, let industry police itself, we don't want government involved. now they are saying we want more government involvement. and i think they are right. with one appropriate government involvement to stop these things from happening. so, you would think that our obligation would be to figure out, he had the authority? i respect that chairman greatly but i've never understood him to be a great legal scholar. seems to be there's some ambiguity. if there's an ambiguity it's our job to clear it up. you think there's an ambiguity because the law we drafted in 1997 said one thing and the court came in and said something else. you don't know what you can add, what do you can't act. if want to make you act in the future, other than just to beat you up do not i can, we got to make sure you have all of the authority appropriate to act. courts have thrown out part of that 1997 law. the courts themselves divided on whether section 503(a) continue to any legal f
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